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Jan 31, 2013 8:30am PST
three years ago when i came to be in fema and looking across the ñrwhole inter-agency. çatñr the state level, we were always callingç trying to shop around to find out how we could get more resources because there is so much more out there other than the stafford act. that is what we think about when weç think about recovery. we think about the men and the stafford act. ç-- we think about fema and the stafford act. they did not make any community hall. çit is everything else that cos to bear and how weç maximize te resources as we move forward. as we look into this, we will get into the free-market self -- we will get into theq it is a framework. it is not a plan. youç cannotçç cross out one e and put in another. this is a guiding document with key concepts. we got the stakeholders' across the communitiesç andç asked tm what is it about recovery you have lived through, what would you like to see going forward, and what are the key concepts we need to develop. çthe first thing was leadershi. çthe mayor was up here. çyou look to your localñr officials and who t
Jan 7, 2013 10:30am PST
oilç spill a couple of years ago, and was never a federally declared disaster fema -- fromç fema's sampling, but it was a huge disaster. somebody who can be there from recovery and making sure it all moves. it is key that everybody is integrated and working together. çthe recovery of support functions i will get into more. can you read that? [laughter] i know the people in the back cannot read the little plant. looking at the elements, those functions. we will get into those more as we dig into this. what do you need after a disaster? itç is a combination of everyby working together, coming together. we have been pilot testing for the past two years. when we open up our joint field offices, having somebody at the same time doing response. the first thing that is most important when a disaster happens is how we get people's immediate needs taken care of. to have somebody focusing on recovery. you start making decisions in your recovery as soon as a disaster happens. how will you recover? the business side, housing, all of these things come to bear at the beginning of a disaste
Jan 7, 2013 10:00am PST
>> moving into the welcoming introduce nancy ward, theç fema regional administrator for region nine. [applause] çç>> good morning. welcome. it is fabulous to have such a great size of the crowd on this very important topic of recovery. we have talked a lot of with the years -- over the years about the response. we got throughç the framework transition. i understand it was painful for everyone. now we need to focus on recovery. ççthere is no better place tok about that than the building we're sitting in today. poetic and ironic that we areç in san francisco city hall. the original building was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fires. two decades ago, it was completely rebuilt because of the loma prieçto earthquake. our fingers are crossed that there will not be any earthshaking today. our deputy administrator will talk about the shape specifically. i wanted to take a moment to thank our host, edwin lee, the mayor of san francisco. he has championed an equal focus on response and recovery. today he is our host in this majestic civil service building, probably the
Jan 14, 2013 8:00pm EST
fema grant. my amendment would eliminate the $1 million threshold for disclosure in the underlying bill and require disclosure of all grants distributed under people half. let me give you an example. recent fema report, reported that a grantee received $830,000 following a recent flood. the town in question spent all the allocated grant money and had requested reimbursement for another $800,000. fema rejected the claim, finding numerous attempts to claim reimbursement outside of the scope of the flood and outside of the terms of the grant, including the attempt to buy new chairs, computer, telephones, microwaves, what have you. and we know the sheer volume of grants that will come in as a result of sandy necessitates maximum transparency in advance, and my amendment requires just that. one other situation, according to september 2012, homeland security ig report, following hurricanes katrina and rita, and other disasters, up until december 31, 2010, fema diss burred more than $8 billion in assistance payments. it was later determined that, quote, we lacked internal controls, resulted in
Jan 14, 2013 5:00pm EST
the groundwork in 2006 when his post-karina reform act authorized fema to conduct a number of recovery programs. costs of dramatically reduced, projects were completed faster and the process was more efficient. without making permanent the debris removal program, the taxpayer could pay six times the cost of debris removal and it could take much longer. the individuals and households pilot program incorporated in this bill would reduce costs by a similar amount and make temporary housing available faster. in hearing after hearing before our committee experts, fema and the inspector general's office have all testified communities will be rebuilt faster and taxpayers will save hundreds of millions of dollars with this bill. we know the current process is broken and we finally know how to fix it but we have to change the law by march or it will be too late to apply lessons to sandy recovery. it's been nearly eight years since hurricane katrina and there are still projects unresolved. want to make the same mistakes happen with hurricane sandy. these reforms will help address those problems, stream l
Jan 12, 2013 6:00am PST
. it takes a whole mix of people whether it's the department of defense and even fema having roles to play in that. bob fenton, the assistant chief of fema, used to be the division chief in division 9. he is no stranger to this area, born and raised here, this is his home and so he does have a care and an interest in this community and beyond. and so with that it is hard to fill being his replacement at the regional level because not only to fill his shoes all the great work he did in this region, but also because when you see the size difference, it's a little hard to fit in there. but this this i want to introduce bob fenton, the response head for fema coming in from dc to help support this and moderate the panel. thank you. (applause). >> well, appreciate it. appreciate the opportunity to be back with friends and back in san francisco. and i appreciate the opportunity to be your lunch speaker. as i always say, lunch is one of may five most important meals of the day so thank you for that. let me introduce my panelists. here to my left, we have a great group here to talk about stor
Jan 16, 2013 4:00am PST
these bills are dangerous..." the assistance package was broken into two parts: $17 billion for the fema disaster relief fund, transit aid to new york and new jersey, repair to hospitals, roads and utilities, as well as to the manhattan va hospital; and an additional $33 billion to fema, emergency aid to public transportation and to help other communities struck by hurricane sandy or any other disaster within the last two years. fema has spent more than $3 billion in disaster relief money for shelters, restoring power and other immediate needs in the northeast. the house has already approved changing fema regulations to speed up the disaster relief process. later this morning, president obama will deliver a series of concrete proposals to bring gun violence under control. in response to the horrific sandy hook school shooting, vice president joe biden has met with the nra, healthcare professionals, gun control groups and a rep from walmart, the nation's largest gun seller. the president will lay out the measures created from those meetings. likely on the list: a push for an assault weap
Jan 6, 2013 11:00pm PST
ctimas del huracán sandy, supera a la organizacion fema que estaba a punto de quedarse sin fondos. >> con la llegada del nuevo año se fortalecen las nuevas noticias, presidente barack obama dice que se trataria este año la reforma migratoria, con la elección de nuevos congresistan, el mayor número de latinos en el congresos podría dar la chance de que pase. >> y los inmigrantes sin autorizacion podrían recibir licencias de conducir aquellos que recibieron el beneficio de la acción diferida. >> solo faltan 4 días para que en venezuela se lleve a cabo la toma de posesion de chavez, la opocision y el oficialismo pelean entre cuál seria la toma de poder, osmari hernandez nos aomplia. >> la cercania del 10 de enero que esta en la constitucion venenzolana genera nerviosimo. >> necesita un parte médico. >> no
Jan 1, 2013 6:00pm EST
about how come the fema process which was promised to be so smooth hasn't turned out that way. they've addressd these issues directly to governor and some municipals are asking about why things hadn't worked out as well as they had hoped. if you cover disasters this is not unusual. but what is unusual right now is that here we are this far out and still no promise of that congressional aid which has been supposedly in the works for a while coming to help make things better, a little more quickly, and to raise people's hopes as well. >> brown: mike, tell us a little bit more about that aid process, whether it's government whether it's fema whether it's insurance coverage and claims. you're saying that it's not running as smoothly as people had hoped? >> well, if you talk to a lot of the insurance companies here, they will tell you that they've handled a record number of claims for a record amounts of money in record time. the statistics tend to bear that out. but that can't take care of all people in all places at all time. if your neighbors back home that's fine and dandy for your n
Jan 1, 2013 5:30pm PST
of them now are starting to raise questions about how come the fema process, which was promised to be so smooth, hasn't turned out that way. they've addressed these issues directly to governor and some municipalities are asking about why things hadn't worked out as well as they had hoped. if you cover disasters, this is not unusual. but what is unusual right now is that here we are this far out and still no promise of that congressional aid which has been supposedly in the works for a while coming to help make things better, a little more quickly, and to raise people's hopes as well. >> brown: mike, tell us a little bit more about that aid process, whether it's government, whether it's fema, whether it's insurance coverage and claims. you're saying that it's not running as smoothly as people had hoped? >> well, if you talk to a lot of thinsunce companies here, thewill tell u that theve handled a record number of claims for a record amounts of money in record time. the statistics tend to bear that out. but that can't take care of all people in all places at all time. if your neighbor is b
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Jan 4, 2013 9:00pm PST
. you haven't cut the red tape. he says, no, no, no, fema works for me and i'm going to assure you the red tape's going to be cut. with two months later and the red tape ain't going to be cut. you know, he gave me his personal aides to talk to, bobby sluk and nicholson and i had a couple of letters with them and bobby doesn't talk too much now, mr. schmuck he was upset and said i shouldn't be talking to the president and-- >> is that really his name? i don't know the guy. >> yeah. his name i've got the proof at home on the business card and i told him, i e-mailed him and we didn't speak with fema, and now, as a matter of fact, i have five adult people living in my home. >> sean: and you've just got your heat back on just now. >> heat and electric just came back on through rapid repair. >> sean: and you're doing it yourself. >> rapid repairs is a city program, but everything else me and my wife are ripping everything apart and rebuilding ourselves because it's a gimmick and like what i am he' saying with fema earlier, i wrote to fema about losing a car. one of my cars wasn't covered
Jan 4, 2013 9:00am EST
agencies lost buses in the storm and when the transit agency's start speaking with fema replacing the buses, fema said they couldn't buy new buses. the had to buy a used losses of roughly the same age to replace those buses. so these agencies were put in the position of scouring the country trying to find someone who would sell them old bosses but with mitigation funding, we can pay for a new bus to replace the old one. and the same principle applies to the rail transit. it was badly flooded, and this act of service after weeks after the storm. should we put that station back together with the same exact former devotee to flooding or should we rebuilt in a way that would prevent such an extensive flood damage in the future? of course we should be built to protect against future storms. it seems it is not only common sense, but for my friends who are fiscal hawks, the reality is it is far more fiscally irresponsible to ultimately ensure that we don't have repetitive loss. that we don't have economic consequences, and we don't have human consequences as a result of just simply going back to t
Jan 27, 2013 1:00am EST
of international relief and development, former fema coordinator for gulf coast recovery. the united states leadership forum believes we should learn from past programs, so we are pleased to bring you this portion of our program, lessons learned from hurricane katrina. mark roy was chief of staff for fema's louisiana operations following katrina and rita. . 2007-20 he is founding faculty member of the disaster resilience leadership academy in new orleans. he maintains appointments as an adjunct assessor and -- professor with the school of health and tropical medicine. currently gulf coast rector for international relief and development. a nongovernmental organization which provides economic development and relief assistance to areas affected by disasters and other destructive actions. esther mark roy. -- mr. mark roy. [applause] >> thank you. i went to pick up on a comment that the admiral made initially about response. i think it is fairly well- established that that we are much better at response can the longer-term recovery. response does not have an absolute beginning and end in federa
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Jan 4, 2013 9:20am EST
for him. stuart: i've got another story and we're following it for you today, that will be fema refusing to reimburse houses of worship for damages following hurricane sandy. citing separation of church and state and only offering loans, not grants. what about requirements under obamacare, that religious employers provide coverage for contraception and morning after abortion pills? father jonathan morris will join us at the top of the hour. we want to know what you think as always. go to our facebook page and leave a comment, please, we may read some of them live. and what we're following, the price of gold. investors piling into it as the fed kept on printing money. now the latest report from the fed says maybe the gravy train will come to an end or at least slow down. if the gold inflation hedge not such a great hedge if we're not printing a lot of money. next, the richest woman in the the world gives good advice to the poor. i think she's dead right. my crew disagrees, but we'll take it up in a moment. >> now, we're seconds from the opening bell and not expecting a huge move for stoc
Jan 15, 2013 5:00pm EST
benefits and fema benefits to pay for rent and other expenses. the funding this amendment proposes -- proposes to eliminate would enable local organizations to purchase needed mobile resources and equipment and hire the coordinators they need to manage volunteers. the $1 million this amendment would strike is a small amount relative to all the other disaster relief efforts in the bill but will have a disproportionately large inpact on the lives of low income americans it will help. i urge my colleagues to reject the amendment. the chair: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from south carolina is recognized. mr. duncan: i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. lowey: i yield one minute to the gentleman from new jersey, mr. frelinghuysen. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. frelinghuysen -- mr. frelinghuysen: people that have been displaced in the northeast, a lot of people who lost their apartments and houses and that don't have money to hire lawyers. and their conditions are such, they've lost everything that they
Jan 5, 2013 6:00am EST
i fully support providing fema with additional funding, it is just another sign of the majority's dysfunction. with fema just days away from being unable to pay flood claims the republicans argue among themselves about what to do. that is sad. it is a sad situation. so today we are taking -- 10 morning seconds. by flood insurance. what about small businesses? they are getting nothing. we as an institution come together when there is national disaster across this nation. my sits deserve nothing less. thank you and i yield back. >> the gentleman from new jersey. >> please i yield two minutes from the gentleman from new york who led the efforts on the ground putting his shoulder to the grindstone to help restore some people's homes. >> the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. >> thank you. first, madam chair, i would like to take 15 seconds to tell chairman garrett that as much as i appreciate him bringing this bill to the floor today, he came to my district with his wife, came to midland beach, was in one of the homes, several of the homes that were completely devastated, pull
Jan 6, 2013 10:00am PST
is damage from flooding, flood damage is separate. that is from fema. it also doesn't cover earthquake damage and that is something very important in the bay area. you want to make sure what your homeowners covers. find out what policies complement each other. >> and i was thinking about the horrible situation in san bruno. how could that be covered by insurance. >> it's one of those things that insurers will take a look at typical risk do. all the math and they come up what is and isn't covered. an explosion is covered. you have pg&e who is responsible for that whole process going through and finding where the money is going to come to rebuild those homes. >> cheryl: renters, there are millions of renters and not that manyle t people think to get res insurance? >> they assume, i don't have that much. i don't need insurance. when you start adding up all your contents, your belongings you realize how much money is in those contents. so one of the things you want to do is look into renter's insurance, you are looking at about $12 a mow for $30,000 policy. that covers the contents. now if
Jan 6, 2013 4:00am PST
, but we must do that. you want to have a discussion about flood insurance or what fema does, how it does it, how effectively it does it, that's fine. but you don't do it when have you thousands of people in desperate need. you don't hold those people hostage in a sense to your ideological predispositions, that's an ugly, thuggish way to do business. >> barney, he is saying when the house is on fire, put the water on it and then sort this out. >> that's not entirely fair. the reason the house broken up the sandy relief bill to three different parts, they want a $33 billion appropriation to go toward future daiser mitigation projects. i don't know how that $33 billion is supposed to grease the skids of washington. i guess i can think of a couple of different ways, but, again, we can't keep adding money to the debt that we don't have. we can't keep borrowing money from china to pay for it. >> is there something wrong with disaster mitigation? future disaster mitigation? i think that would probably be a good idea given what happened in hurricane sandy. >> how building levees five years in th
Jan 2, 2013 10:30am PST
&e and comcast and caltrans, bart and other key partners such as fema and more. the objectives our life line council is to develop and improve collaboration in the city and across the region by regularly convening a group of executive officers and deputies of local and regional life line providers. understand intersystem dependencies of enhanced planning and reconstruction. sharing information about recovering plans and objectives and priorities and established ordination process for life line restoration and recovery following a major disaster. in the first nine meetings we made most progress on the third objective and sharing information about plans and priorities. in the first two years we discussed a series of operator case studies by the sfpuv on water and wastewater systems and pg&e on gas and electric systems and at&t and tell communications and learned about the city's priorities for roots and response planning for the emergency operation center and the capital program. we launched a independent study last year and making progress on the second objective to understand intersyste
Jan 12, 2013 4:30am PST
with the city. fema is well represented and we have several defense coordinating officers here over the past couple of days. certainly the california national guard is represented heavily here. obviously they are going to be the first guys to respond to a disaster and they have several interesting roles not only from a state perspective but as they get federalized or with the dual status commander managing federal response and federal authorities of military authorities flowing in. and most significantly, we're represented today with the commander of northern command, general jackoby. as you know, defense report to civil authorities is not a primary mission area for the department of defense. we have codified it in policy over the years and certainly things have advanced since 9/11 and hurricane katrina, but there has been a real gap in detailed preplanning for emergency response, particularly as it works its way down the chain into the tactical forces that would respond, most specifically i think those on active duty. this is an area that we don't tend to pay a lot of attention to and ver
Jan 2, 2013 11:00am PST
in people's lives in the northeast. some officials point out that fema is currently funded. has money to disburse, but this package goes beyond fema and there hurt feelings and a sense of being left in the cold literally. we are not sure how it will play out with the governor of new jersey and his position within the republican party coming out to speak. the president weighing in and so many members of congress. will there be a break? we are not sure, but everyone is talking about it. >> lots of passion. >> you have to wonder if everyone is on the same page. didn't representative kantor say he was 99.9% sure this was going to be brought to a vote and if it didn't happen, was it because of all the other stuff added in? there was like $150 million for fisheries and $2 million for a new roof? is that the hold up? >> there was a wariness when there big spending bills that are titled under very real, very necessary concerns like an emergency and a disaster. what happened overtime is very often those are the bills that other things get stuck to. it may be spending that the government on ano
Jan 2, 2013 6:00am PST
emergency management agency, fema, "has enough money to last until at least late february or march anyway." coming up in about 50 minutes congressman peter king will join know talk more about the inaction in the house on superstorm sandy relief. >>> we may have avoided the fiscal cliff, but our paychecks will still feel that sting. the payroll tax holiday is now over, so in the new year, your wallet is getting squeezed. according to the tax policy center if you make $25,000 you're going to pay $42 extra a month. if you make $50,000 you'll lose about 83 bucks a month. 125 if you make 75 grand a year and if you make 100 grand you'll see 167 fewer dollars each month. on wall street the first day of trading of the new year starts less than 30 minutes from now and also the first day of trading after congress struck that deal on the fiscal cliff. markets are set to rally on this news. let's bring in alison kosik over on the floor of the new york stock exchange. alison what is the mood of traders? >> victor you can call it the fiscal cliff rally, call it whatever you want but it's going to be so
Jan 26, 2013 5:00am PST
wife and children are living in a fema paid for apartment. so they do have heat. they're being taken care of now. but the question for him and so many others is they don't know what lies ahead. that's the biggest problem right now, randi. >> what exactly is the city -- or what is fema doing to make sure these folks don't freeze? >> reporter: for one thing, i'm going to show you this tent over here. there's a woman who runs a tent over here. sheerks at least, is providing a place for people to hang out, get a hot meal and basically for people to talk and help each other through this. the city is providing -- if you call them and don't have heat in your house, your a victim of superstorm sandy, they will get y you, they say, into a hotel that very same day. it might not be around where you live, but they'll get you some place safe and warm and you can stay there for as long as it takes. >> they'll take it no matter where it is. >> reporter: they also said today -- that's right. they're also going door to door today to make sure people have the word on that, to make sure they know they
Jan 2, 2013 11:00am PST
appropriations chairman hal rogers says fema has plenty of money. he says fema has enough money to last until at least late february, march, anyway. what is your reaction to that? >> this bill has got to pass. as a long time member of appropriations, i want to assure you that the way these people are going to get relief in new york, new jersey, connecticut, a little of pennsylvania, is getting this bill passed now. frankly we're going to be here for a little more than two weeks in january. there is a lot of work that has to be done. full of the new year. unless this passes now, i think this $60.4 billion is in jeopardy. we need to pass the bill 27-33, put together and get these commitments out there. i'm not talking about sending all the money in one great big check. that's not how it works. you need a commitment. so that hospitals that were destroyed, transportation systems that were destroyed, beaches, houses, people have to plan. there are a lot of economic damage. people are losing millions of dollars. we have to get this commitment out there. we have to pass this and i am urging the lead
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Jan 24, 2013 8:00pm EST
who is better because he says fema left him out in the bitter cold. ♪ ♪ making the big romantic gesture. that's powerful. verizon. get a nokia lumia 822 in red for free. woman: what do you mean, homeowners insurance doesn't cover floods? [ heart rate increases ] man: a few inches of water caused all this? [ heart rate increases ] woman #2: but i don't even live near the water. what you don't know about flood insurance may shock you -- including the fact that a preferred risk policy starts as low as $129 a year. for an agent, call the number that appears on your screen. ♪ cheryl: governors are on fire. approval ratings have never been higher. they are handling of the storm in the push to get aid for victims pumping up their popularity. but three months after the storm thousands of people in new york and new jersey are freezing and still getting the cold shoulder from steep -- fema. displaced from his home. why are you not getting the assistance that you were promised by fema? >> we are dealing with the rapid repair trying to get a boiler and hot water heater. it's not working s
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Jan 24, 2013 11:00pm EST
still without our roof. coming next, the homeowner who is better because he says fema left him out in the bitter cold. ♪ ♪ aww man. [ male announcer ] returns are easy with free pickup from the u.s. postal service. we'll even drop off boxes if you need them. visit pay, print, and have it picked up for free. any time of year. ♪ nice sweater. thank you. ♪ ♪ cheryl: governors are on fire. approval ratings have never been higher. they are handling of the storm in the push to get aid for victims pumping up their popularity. but three months after the storm thousands of people in new york and new jersey are freezing and still getting the cold shoulder from steep -- fema. displaced from his home. why are you not getting the assistance that you were promised by fema? >> we are dealing with the rapid repair trying to get a boiler and hot water heater. it's not working so well. cheryl: are you in contact with them? and calling you? does anyone come to check on you? know you were displaced in an apartment now. the cost of setting up. are you getting in the reach of all? >>
Jan 16, 2013 5:35am PST
. >>dos socios claves son el fbi y fema que ha sido critico en la planeacion. >>resalto también el papel de la tres policías, participaran miembros de la guardia naciónal, fuerza aérea y habrá francotiradores. >>el servciio secreto nunca habla de niveles de amenaza específicos tenemos a mucha gente examinando informacion. >>el servicio secreto no quiso especular sobre la cantidad de personas. pero el servicio de turismo dijo que asistirán alrededor de 1 millón 800 mil personas. >>y en univisión en su casa tendremos amplia cobertura de la toma de posesion, el domingo un especial de al punto, el lunes la juramentacion de barack obama y joe biden. lo invitamos a mantenerse informado visitando univisió >>y dias antes de las elecciones generales se pensabas arrestar a luis abraham zabalata que trabajaba en la oficina de bo menendez, pero los agentes recibieron la orden de dejar pasar las elecciones. >>lance armstrong admitió lo que había negado por años, el dopaje. >>y hace un año el presidente hugo chávez dio un informe anual que duró varias horas, hoy lo dio nico
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